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  • Bathtub method for breaking in tall boots??

    Has anyone had any experience with this, that could give me some advice or whatnot? Here's the instructions I've been given..

    "Fill a tub with lukewarm water and put on old schooling breeches/socks, then slip on the boots and get into the tub until the boots are wet(until you feel water inside them). Once done leave everything on until the boots are dry then leave them upright overnight".

    That's what my RI told me to do, does it work? Cuz it seems a bit weird to actually wear all that just to break them in lol

  • #2
    I know alot of people that do that.
    I've done it, it works pretty well.

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      #3
      Originally posted by ThisIsIt View Post
      I know alot of people that do that.
      I've done it, it works pretty well.
      Guess I'll put on my schooling breeches and hop in then if it works

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      • #4
        You don't actually have to get IN the bathtub (unless you want to, lol.)

        Fill tub with warm water, hold boots by the foot, and dunk them in the water til they are quite wet. I don't bother wetting the foot portion (although it won't hurt anything) and then put them on; wear til TOTALLY dry.

        I've used this method on several pairs of boots, including my $$$$ customs, and it works great.
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        • #5
          I used it on my last pair of boots. Wear plastic bags over your feet so you don't have to feel the disgusting wet-boot feeling. Consider giving the leather a conditioning the next day when they're totally dry.
          "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kateh View Post
            I used it on my last pair of boots. Wear plastic bags over your feet so you don't have to feel the disgusting wet-boot feeling. Consider giving the leather a conditioning the next day when they're totally dry.

            Yeah. My feet started itching. :O

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            • #7
              Definitely works. I use the bathtub for tall boots, but I only stand in the water until I can fell my feet getting damp. My girlfriend sat there for like 20 minutes and literally was sloshing water all day. They never dried! Once feet are damp, I get out and do whatever. If I'm breaking in paddock boots, a day of baths usually does the trick. I've done the same with custom chaps. Water helps loosen the leather. If you take them off before completely dry, they shrink down.

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                #8
                Originally posted by GallopGirl View Post
                Definitely works. I use the bathtub for tall boots, but I only stand in the water until I can fell my feet getting damp. My girlfriend sat there for like 20 minutes and literally was sloshing water all day. They never dried! Once feet are damp, I get out and do whatever. If I'm breaking in paddock boots, a day of baths usually does the trick. I've done the same with custom chaps. Water helps loosen the leather. If you take them off before completely dry, they shrink down.
                Some suggest actually sitting others don't. I haven't done it quite yet coz as I said I was told to use old socks and breeches at the same time others say not to..not really sure who to believe lol:/

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                • #9
                  Done it. It's uncomfortable, but it works. It's not as uncomfortable as trying to ride in boots that wont break in though.
                  "Aye God, Woodrow..."

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                  • #10
                    Or you can stand in a water jump. That's how I got mine soaked!

                    Mine are only cheap Ovations (backups to my Mountain Horse boots, on which the zipper has broken) and they look and feel great after soaking!
                    Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw. -- fun.

                    My favorite podcasts: Overdue, The Black Tapes, Tanis, Rabbits, How Did This Get Made?, Up and Vanished.

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                    • #11
                      I never thought there was much merit to that suggestion until I got completely drenched at the Biltmore and my Vogels fit much better across the toe afterwards!
                      Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

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                      • #12
                        At the last show, my boots broke and I had to get new ones by the next day. We got them after I finished showing and wore them around until the backs of my knees bled. A lady at one of the tack shops told me to wrap sopping wet towels around the ankles overnight and pop them on the next day. Showing the next day was painless, the boots had broken in great, and no gross wet boot feeling in the bathtub
                        proud owner of a crazy dutch warmblood

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Valeureux View Post
                          At the last show, my boots broke and I had to get new ones by the next day. We got them after I finished showing and wore them around until the backs of my knees bled.
                          With new boots, it is a good idea to use 1 or 2 heel pads inside until the boot drops slightly around the ankle. Otherwise you will get rubs and an extra fold in the leather right behind the knee.
                          Last edited by YankeeLawyer; Jan. 3, 2010, 03:46 PM.
                          Roseknoll Sporthorses
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                          • #14
                            A bio-occlusive dressing like Tegaderm (what they put over your IV in the hospital) will help protect the skin on the back of your knee. You can leave it on for a couple days, then it will mostly fall off. You can buy these at Walgreens. If I get a bleeding wound there, I put some polysporin on just the owie part, then cover the whole area with the dressing. That can get you through the show. Make sure your skin is really dry when you put it on.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by cllane1 View Post
                              Or you can stand in a water jump. That's how I got mine soaked!

                              Mine are only cheap Ovations (backups to my Mountain Horse boots, on which the zipper has broken) and they look and feel great after soaking!
                              Unfortunately no water jump although there is a waist deep pond near my house, maybe that'd work

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                              • #16
                                Water troughs work too, except the horses think you're nuts! Worked great for breaking in my Ariats, just make sure they are totally dry before taking them off or they will be too tight. Best to do it in the morning and then wear them all day.
                                You can't fix stupid.... but you can breed it!

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                                • #17
                                  Here's a pic of me in the water jump with my boots on! I had just finished x-c schooling, and didn't want to have to trailer back to the barn to hose the horse, so I cooled him off in the water jump. The beneficial effect on the boots didn't occur to me til later.

                                  http://pets.webshots.com/photo/21418...58017139VsdYme

                                  But yep, the water trough or a pond would work too!
                                  Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw. -- fun.

                                  My favorite podcasts: Overdue, The Black Tapes, Tanis, Rabbits, How Did This Get Made?, Up and Vanished.

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                                  • #18
                                    I am getting my first pair of custom boots (Vogels) with back zippers - due in mid January. I have found this forum to be filled with great tips, but I just can't get my mind around putting them on and then getting them wet. Maybe after I put them on the first time, I'll see the light.
                                    pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

                                    Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill

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                                    • #19
                                      A less extreme method for breaking in boots is to mix water & alcohol in equal parts in a spray bottle and spray the heck out of them when they are on and wear them.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by SportsFan46 View Post
                                        A less extreme method for breaking in boots is to mix water & alcohol in equal parts in a spray bottle and spray the heck out of them when they are on and wear them.
                                        Yikes. I would *never* use alcohol on fine leather.
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